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  • Daniel Pugh


    Chicago, IL

A multi-disciplinary artist with extensive experience in digital imaging, image compositing, and photographic-retouching. Other areas of skill include art installation, art handling, and exhibit fabrication. Extensive project management experience dealing directly with top clients, and management and training of freelance employees. A strongly conceptual designer with great production skills, who is able to manage multiple projects while balancing creativity with practicality.

Work Samples

  • 1997 - 2007 Portfolio

Work History

4/2005 – 02/2007 Inventory/Warehouse Manager Atlas Galleries www.atlasgalleries.com Chicago, Illinois Responsible for directing four employees in all facets of fine art handling/shipping, framing, installation and inventory. This includes prioritizing schedules, negotiating with supply and shipping vendors, equipment upkeep, maintaining an inventory database, staff hiring and training and hands-on supervision of all tasks. Further responsibilities consist of organizing set-up, catering and staffing for bi-monthly events at either of the company’s two galleries. Accomplishments include implementing: A computer-based system of sales status codes which allow immediate and more accurate tracking of pieces from the sale to the delivery, Packaging/shipping standards that reduced damage claims by almost 92%. Improved management of gallery openings allowing sales staff more time to focus on clients, thus increasing sales. 4/2002 – 4/2005 Lead Preparator Pagoda Red, Asian Antiques www.pagodared.com Chicago, Illinois Responsibilities consisted of facilitating all aspects of shipping and installation of Chinese and Tibetan antiquities, in private and public settings. This entailed organizing the production schedule, crew, and equipment necessary. Further responsibilities consisted of inventory control (warehouse), infrastructure maintenance (computers, showroom, warehouse and transportation), supply ordering and creating promotional material (digital photography and mailers/ads). Accomplishments include: Reorganization of the warehouse resulting in increased sales due to better accessibility to, and tracking of, inventory. Restructuring of tool and supply storage resulting in a vast reduction in lost equipment and redundant ordering of materials. 3/1999 – 11/2002 Director of Graphics Catch the Moment Digital Photography www.catchthemoment.com Houston, Texas & Chicago, Illinois Developed graphic standards for a digital photography company offering a unique event and tradeshow marketing tool with a high retention rate. Responsibilities included creating client specific designs, event management, personnel training, and technical support. Past clients include: Motorola, The American Heart Association, Houston Rodeo & Livestock Show, Toyota, The Houston Symphony, Shell Oil, Houston Rockets, Compaq, General Motors, American Red Cross and Conoco. 2/1999 – 2002 Freelance Designer/Photographer The EWORZERO Project Houston, Texas Collaborating with, musicians, djs and artists EWORZERO creates a wide-array of visual material for art festivals, concerts and marketing. Projects commonly incorporate development of logos, print-materials and visual environments utilizing video, 35mm and 16mm projections. Recent projects include the 2001 Burning Man Festival (Black Rock City, NV) and the Soular Grooves Sixth Anniversary Concert w/ Groove Collective (Houston, TX). 8/1998 - 4/1999 Freelance Art Preparator/FAQ Team Member Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (C.A.M.) Houston, Texas Freelance Preparator: general construction (i.e., framing, drywall, painting etc.) along with proper handling and installation of artworks. FAQ Program Member: ("FAQ", i.e. Frequently Asked Questions) Prior to an exhibit's opening "FAQ" members participate in lectures with curators and artists to discuss the content and historical significance of works. Members are then available to answer museum visitor's questions and lead discussion groups. Exhibits worked as preparator and FAQ member included Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective, James Turrell: Spirit and Light and Face of the Gods: Art and Altars of Africa and the African Americas. 8/1998 - 3/1999 Exhibits Fabricator Children's Museum Of Houston Responsibilities included the fabrication, maintenance, preparation and transportation of museum exhibits and artifacts; additional skills used included plaster and latex mold making, crate building and painting using spray guns. 8/1997 - 7/1998 Coordinator of Project Development AmeriCorp: Serve Houston Youth Corp Houston, Texas As a coordinator for the American "Domestic PeaceCorp" responsibilities focused on the development, coordination and management of community enrichment projects. These efforts culminated in over 6,000 hours of community service assisting no fewer than 60 Houston area agencies. Also responsible for writing, editing, and shooting video/photography for the organizational newsletter and video yearbook, documenting the service of over one hundred volunteers. 9/1994 - 4/1997 Shop Technician Kansas City Art Institute Technical Shops Kansas City, Missouri Shop Technician responsibilities required helping students achieve technical proficiency in standard wood and metal shop tools and building skills. General maintenance of shop equipment was also an aspect of the work. 5/1994 - 8/1995 Project Crew Foreman/Assistant Preparator SBW & Associates: Multi-faceted design firm. Kansas City, Missouri Crew foreman: Worked closely with designer and architect while managing two others in the construction of large, mobile display units for the Kemper Museum of Art and Design, Kansas City, MO. Assistant Preparator: worked directly with company principal on all aspects of art installation and gallery preparation in local Kansas City, MO art galleries. EDUCATION: Present Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business, Chicago, Illinois Masters of Business Administration Focus: Entrepreneurship/Sustainable Enterprise 1993/1995 & 1996/1997 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts Major: Sculpture, Graduated Valedictorian: May 1997 1995/1996 New York Studio Program, New York City, New York The NYSP is a Semester long graduate style, studio program in which 14 select undergraduate, Fine Arts students work in a strong studio, theory and critique driven environment. 1992/1993 University Of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma Concentration in Liberal Arts with a primary focus in Design, U.S. History and Philosophy SPECIAL SKILLS: Computer Hardware & Software: Wide array of digital imaging equipment (details available upon request) Adobe Photoshop (expert) Adobe Illustrator Mac and PC platforms Microsoft Office Suite Filemaker Pro Fabrication: General carpentry Ceramics Oxy-acetylene and MIG welding Milling and lathe AFFILIATIONS: 2006 – Present: University of Chicago Student Housing Resident Head 2004 – 2007: Lillstreet Art Center Ceramics Studio Technician 1999 – 2001: Professional Photographers of America Member 1999 – 2000: Pixel Magic Photographic Systems, Product Advisory Board Member 1995 – 1997: KCAI Sculpture Department Student Advisory Team


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Lillstreet Arts Center